On Monday, ABC's The View featured a segment that speculated about the origins of a conspiracy theory that an actress occasionally stands in for the First Lady.
The theory, mainly promoted by the hashtag #FakeMelania, posits that Trump so despises the duties of First Lady--including spending time with her husband--that she uses a stand-in.
The View panel highlighted one picture in particular, with host Joy Behar noting that Melania indeed does not look like herself.
“I wasn’t going to go along with this but that one, in that picture, doesn’t look like her,” Behar said. “It’s a different shaped face.”
Ultimately, the panel concluded that the rumor is patently false, a crazy conspiracy theory: yet they can see why it's flourishing online, given how miserable Melania often looks.
Melania Trump's spokesperson called the segment shameful, Fox reports.
".@flotus & @potus traveled to Alabama to pay their respects & comfort victims of the tornado devastation. In typical fashion, @theview chooses to laugh in the face of tragedy. Shameful," she tweeted.
.@flotus & @potus traveled to Alabama to pay their respects & comfort victims of the tornado devastation. In typica… https://t.co/RBuDSlJHDW— Stephanie Grisham (@Stephanie Grisham) 1552326886.0